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Friday, 2020-12-25
Updates, Features, & -Events
Hello AmeriCeltic Reader,
• Co-founders Tony and Cecilia Fábos-Becker offer an update on the UK - EU Trade Agreement announced on Christmas Eve. (See Below)
NOW through January 5th join the California Revels for an on-demand performance of Unruly Magic ONLINE! (See Below)
• From now, Friday, December 25th, through Wednesday, December 30th, the flashy An Irish Christmas show is available for Live Streaming. (See Below)
• On Thursday, December 31st and continuing through Sunday, January 3rd 2021, the Camp Harmony New Years Camp will happen online on Zoom and YouTube, sponsored by the San Francisco Folk Music Club. (See Below)
Online Events & Outdoor Events with Social Distancing:
• On Friday, December 25th, 7:00 PM, join Kathryn Rose entertains with Folktastic Fridays With Kathryn Rose, via Facebook LIVE from Portland, OR. (See Below)
• On Friday, December 25th at 8:00 PM, and again Wednesday, December 30th at 4:00 PM, Amelia Hogan will perform a few Songs LIVE Online via Facebook and YouTube Live from the Hobbit Hole in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, December 26th at 2:00 PM PST John Whelan conducts the 7th in his new series of Online Master Sessions, featuring Boxes on Boxing Day! (See Below)
• On Saturday, December 26th at 7:00 PM, Lark Camp Cabaret Episode 5 will re-broadcast via Facebook LIVE, YouTube LIVE and Twitch, from All around Northern, CA. (See Below)
• On Saturday, December 26th, at 8:00 PM, The Black Donnellys, Dave Rooney and Dave Browne, will stream their high-energy show to you from the RiRa @ Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV as you stay safely sequestered in your homes. (See Below)
• On Sunday, December 27th, at 4:00 PM, presented through Old First Concerts, Golden Bough presents it’s one and only LIVE concert offering of the holiday season! (See Below)
• Sunday, December 27th at 11:00 AM, it's the Piper Sundays, Zoom meeting for an hour and one half with host Patrick D'Arcy and his guest Isaac Alderson joining us from Chigago, IL. (See Below)
• Continuing from Sunday, December 27th through Wednesday, December 30th, Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle will present 3 different online concerts to finish their virtual tour of Britain's music venues named Christmas at Home. (See Below)
• Thursday, December 31st, at 2:30 PM, The Saint Andrew's Society of San Francisco invite all Scots and those of Scottish affinity to their annual Scottish Hogmanay (New Year's) Celebration hosted this year online via Zoom. (See Below)
Indoor Events:
NOTICE! Due to public health officials orders for social distancing to limit the spread of the COVID-19 infections, all in person events and festivals, especially those involving singing, wind instruments, etc. have been postponed or cancelled, and many will continued to be cancelled through at least the Fall. If you have plans to attend ANY such event, large or small, we recommend that you call and confirm that they are NOT cancelled.
• POSTPONED for 2020, but returning in 2021, Lark Camp, the annual Music, Song, & Dance event will return to the Redwoods near Mendocino, CA from July 30th, through August 7th 2021. (See Below)
Please support our sustaining Sponsors with your Celtic business!
• Co-Founder Cecilia Fábos-Becker's e-book Ancestry & DNA: Beyond the basics, is available for download now! (See Below)
Cedar Dobson offers one-on-one whistle lessons live on Zoom! (See Below)
Michael Eskin offers one-on-one Irish whistle and flute, Uilleann pipes, and Anglo concertina lessons live on Zoom! (See Below)
• Sport your Celtic heritage! AmeriCeltic offers a colorful array of items, each emblazoned with the AmeriCeltic logo. (See Below)
The Celtic Tea Shoppe, in San Jose is your source for Celtic and Celtic inspired carry-out fresh baked foods, confections and rare teas! (See Below)
• While Lark In The Morning in Berkeley, CA and Exploring Music in the outer sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, CA are closed for walk-ins, both stores are open for online sales and lessons. (See Below)
• Publican Stan Gamble has just recently re-opened The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant, offering outdoor service 7 days a week from 4pm to late. (See Below)
Sláinte Pub offers a full menu of great food and drink with outdoor dining service Wednesday through Sunday from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM at their location at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. (See Below)
The Plough and Stars, a SF Legacy Business, and THE place for Live Traditional Music in the inner Richmond district of San Francisco. (See Below)
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, local Irish Pub bringing the culture of Ireland to downtown at 5th and Howard in San Francisco. (See Below)
• The Celtic Society of Monterey Bay, has a 32 year record of producing Celtic Concerts in various venues in and around Santa Cruz and Monterey, CA. (See Below)
• The United Irish Cultural Center, hosts many Irish and other events in their large facility in San Francisco, CA. (See Below)
Catherine Barry's Irish Culture Bay Area , offers a succinct listing of Irish events around Bay Area. (See Below)

Scan our feature articles below, or as always, you can click here to check the full listings on our website.

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UK & Ireland

Editorial: Brexit Trade Deal Announced
New Forms needed with 1 Week to go

'No Deal' avoided
Financial Services left out
International Students left out

By Tony Becker and Cecilia Fábos-Becker - Published 2020-12-25

On Thursday, December 25th, just one week before the end-of-the-year deadline, a Trade Agreement between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) was announced.

Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson's Conservative Government got most of what they had been holding out for, giving up only 25% of the quota for fish caught in the UK's territorial waters to EU fishing operations, and the EU got some of the accountability for any violations of the Treaty with a provision for 'lightening tariffs'. For now and the near term, trade between the UK and the EU will proceed unhindered by new tariffs.

Of course, since the UK, including Scotland and Wales, are no longer members of the EU, there WILL be new customs forms required for all goods crossing the UK border, with one exception. That exception is Northern Ireland, which, although remaining a political part of the UK, will require these additional forms for all incoming goods from the UK. Johnson's UK government has promised that trade goods coming from Northern Ireland into the UK will not require any new paperwork.

The easiest way to visualize these changes is to have a look at the Map above - for trade goods, anything crossing the purple line (Great Britain) will need the new customs forms.

In contrast, since Ireland will remain in the EU, trade goods will move throughout the entire island of Ireland without any customs forms, as well as between there and the other remaining 26 countries of the EU.

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Christmas Revels 2020 — Unruly Magic

NOW through January 5th

Online via YouTube on demand

On Demand!
Stream Unruly Magic in HD on-demand via YouTube for $10.00
(Free to those who already purchased tickets to any showing)
Your access link will be emailed to you after checkout.
Look for the subject line: Your 2020 Christmas Revels On-Demand Viewing

Join us NOW through January 5th for our 35th annual Christmas Revels 2020 show, Unruly Magic.

Approaching the longest night of the year, a young Reveler turns to a magical staff to help her find a way through somber and troubled times. The staff, imbued with ancient lore, takes her on an adventure that isn't quite what she had in mind. Magic and mystery, spirits and song take the reins for this journey of the heart.

The ancient traditions of bonfires, rituals, dances and songs that have sustained generations through struggle and celebration are rekindled this Solstice, proving that tradition—and magic—lives on.

About California Revels
Since 1986, California Revels has brought their unique theatrical, participatory arts form to audiences in the Bay Area. Founded by singer, author and music educator John Langstaff in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1971, The Christmas Revels crosses religious and ethnic boundaries and appeals to young and old alike. The Christmas Revels is a joyous production welcoming the sun back from the depths of winter. Performed by a number of highly-talented professional actors, singers, musicians, dancers, and artists, and featuring a chorus of ages 7 and up, the audience is drawn into a magical revelry of song and dance. The Christmas Revels blends traditional music, dance, ritual and folk plays from many different cultures, presented by a large volunteer chorus of children and adults drawn from the community, accompanied by highly talented professional actors, musicians, artists, directors, and 'bearers of tradition.'

For more information visit or call 510-452-9334, or check our Facebook Events.


An Irish Christmas 2020
An Irish Christmas Streaming Event

Benefiting Kerry Irish Productions and the Lobero Theatre Foundation
Stream On Demand now through Dec. 30
Virtual tickets only $15

An Irish Christmas ONLINE!

Christmas magic from the Emerald Isle
→ Watch the Video ←

Traditional Song, Dance and Storytelling for the Whole Family

Dancing on the Half-Door

Back by popular demand, An Irish Christmas returns with an exhilarating exhibition of Christmas magic from the Emerald Isle. The show brings together all the joy, hope, laughter and spirit of the season with traditional songs, dances, and lively storytelling. An Irish Christmas is a unique and unforgettable experience that The Village News says, 'leaves everyone with the urge to grab their loved ones and dance down the aisles.'

For the An Irish Christmas Tour video, Click Here.

Join an award-winning cast of Riverdance principals and World Champion Dancers in a celebration of the great traditions of Christmas in Ireland: butter-making, chasing the wren on St. Stephen’s Day, drawing down the half door and more! Come enjoy spectacular dance, the singing of traditional Christmas Carols from the Kerry Voice Squad and superb music from the Kerry Traditional Orchestra in a celebration of the international spirit of the holiday season!

… Genuinely astonishing ... electric!  — The Village News
… The capacity crowd nearly brought the house down at the end of the evening — The Irish Herald

More Information at:


Important! Watch this video first!
To be able to find the events, you will need to use the latest version of Zoom and know how to move from the 'lobby' to a 'breakout' room to and back. Bruce Reid has prepared this training video to show you how:

How to attend Camp Harmony on Zoom and navigate Breakout Rooms.

Camp Harmony New Years Camp

Thursday, December 31st 2020 through Sunday, January 3rd 2021
Registration is now open!

Online via Zoom

Camp Harmony New Years Camp hosted by the SFFMC is going online this year via Zoom and will take place Thursday, December 31st 2020 through Sunday, January 3rd 2021. You can sign up by filling out the registration form using this link:

Please share the link above with folks near and far who may not yet be members of the SFFMC, as attendance will be open to all for the first time. So feel free to bring friends who are new and help us ring in the New Year!

As with in-person camp, we'll have Workshops, Jam Spaces, Dances, Games, Jokes, Stories, Friends, late-night singing, and of course, our very special New Year's Eve Celebration, brought online!

Leading workshops and other events is reserved for Folk Club members so be sure to confirm that you are a paid member and invite friends who would enjoy going to this online event, maybe to become members and lead something! Please visit the main website to become a member through the 'join us' tab.

And if you'd like to lead a workshop, dance, other activity, or perform in a concert this year, let us know within the registration form questions at the end of the form. Likewise, are you a wiz at Zoom? Let us know and help us fill a chore slot!

Check regularly for updates on zoom tutorials, what to plan for, and on workshop session spaces as they fill up early. For Questions, you can contact the registrars at


Kathryn Rose
Kathryn Rose

Folktastic Fridays with Kathryn Rose

Friday, December 25th 7:00 PM

Online via Facebook Live

Join Kathryn for Folktastic Fridays! Click Here to go to her Facebook Profile, and then look for the little red LIVE button.

Kathryn Rose is a folk singer and recording artist from Oregon. She has been singing since she could talk and grew up listening to Irish and Scottish folk music.

Kathryn says:
Join Me For My FRIDAY Evening Live-Stream Show!! Message Me With Any Requests. Your tips mean more than you could ever know! or Venmo -- @kathrynrosefolk
I Am Official Now!! Listen - Buy The New CD Here!!

Kathryn began seriously collecting songs after her grandmother passed away and she discovered a treasure trove of handwritten Irish folk songs tucked inside the piano bench. After that discovery, Kathryn transitioned from a classical singing background into the folk world.  Her favorite musical style is Sean-nós, and she is working on her Gaeilge to perform more of these songs in the future. She performs folk music from both sides of the pond, with an emphasis on Ireland and even a dash of Gaeilge here and there.

Kathryn accompanies herself on the tenor guitar, but at various times in her life has had encounters with the piano, violin, lap harp, ukulele, and tin whistle. Her influences include Susan McKeown, Christy Moore, the Clancy Brothers, Seamus Begley, Sarah Ghriallais, Moya Brennan, and more. With her melodic voice, her love of world cultures and her attention to detail, she continues the tradition of Celtic folk music as an artist, a performer and an inspiration for peace and harmony in a complicated world. Kathryn and her husband live in somewhat peaceful harmony with their brood of hooligan cats.

More on Kathryn Rose Facebook Profile: or check the Facebook Event.


Amelia Hogan
Amelia Hogan

Amelia Hogan LIVE ONLINE
from the Hobbit Hole in San Francisco

Fridays at 8:00 PM & Wednesdays at 4:00 PM

Online via YouTube Live

Watch LIVE on Amelia's YouTube Channel or on Amelia's Facebook Profile.

Amelia Hogan sings traditional Irish, Scottish, English and American folk songs for over 30 years and plays a small Welsh lap-harp, across both sides of various ponds.

Amelia says:
Come sit a spell and sing along if you'd like, Wednesdays at 4:00 PM PT for Experimental renditions and all new songs, and Fridays at 8:00 PM for favorites you’ve already heard from my repertoire. These are mini-busking/ fireside chat sessions from my home in San Francisco.
Tip Jar: and if you'd like more content, Song-lists, blogposts, additional tracks, and other goodies, you can subscribe to my patreon at Thanks a million!

Here is a sample video of Amelia Hogan singing Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore

Check Amelia's Facebook Page here:


John Whelan
John Whelan

John Whelan Master Sessions #7

Boxes on Boxing Day
Saturday, December 26th, 2:00 PM

Online via Zoom

Seven-time All-Ireland Button Accordion Champion John Whelan is one of the world's best living Irish button accordion players. John was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene of the 1970s, and learned his craft from such legends as Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O Connor and his teacher Brendan Mulkaire. Along with his All-Ireland Championships, he was twice awarded musician of the year from the Irish Music Association. He has over 15 CDs and has performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. John's music has been featured on such TV shows as 'Sex in the City,' 'History's Mysteries' and 'History Detective.' John performs with the John Whelan Band and has also teamed up with his old pal Brian Conway forming the group Gailfean, which also features Máirtin De Cógáin and Don Penzien have released their first new CD. For over a decade, John has performed 'Monday's with John' every Monday evening on his Facebook Profile.

Since last March, John has stepped up his online activities, and his latest project is Master Sessions with John Whelan.

Hi everyone! Lisa here, The next Whelan Master Session is happening next Saturday, December 26th, 2:00 PM, with John Boxes on Boxing Day.

This week's guests will be a still-mysterious line-up of box players. Stay tuned for updates!

The Saturday master session is open to players and listeners of all levels, from anywhere in the world. It'll start at 2pm Pacific time, 5pm Eastern time, 10pm GMT, and run for two hours. The master sessions do have a requested $20 donation for attending and we need at least 30 attendees to ensure the musicians are adequately compensated, so please share this with anyone you know who might be interested. Just email John at for more details.

All attendees need to do is make their donation via or by Venmo to John-Whelan-37, and make sure to note that it is for Whelan Master Session #7. We'll send out the Zoom link and tune list for the master session on Friday, and any last-minute sign-ups will get the link and tune list about an hour before the session starts on Saturday.

P.S. John's Wednesday 'Taking Time' slow session is still continuing as well - Check it out here: It remains free and open to all, and we'll send out a tune list and Zoom link for tomorrow's 'Taking Time' Wednesday sessions. Email John at to get on the list or for more details.

Get more details on Johns website:


Lark Camp Cabaret Episode 5

Saturday, December 26th at 7:00 PM

Online Event via Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Live

Our Cabaret event restarts at 7:00 PM on Saturday, December 26th. You can watch, safe at home, on either the Lark Camp Cabaret YouTube channel, on Twitch –, or on the Lark Camp Facebook Group, (Look for the little red LIVE button).

  • Kevin Carr
  • The Calextones (Shira Kammen & Friends)
  • Calvaleigh Rasmussen and Celia Ramsay
  • Jim Oakden and Shira Kammen
  • Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter
  • Radim Zenkl
  • Jason Adajian, Alex Bernstein, Ashley Lounsbury
  • Maxine Meltzer Puppets

Virtual Winter Lark Week February 5, 6 & 7 is coming, and WE NEED YOU! Whether you're a camper or an instructor, if you have a tune, song, joke, or story that you'd like to pre-record for the show, here's the form for your submission.

More info on the website:


Black Donnellys
The Black Donnellys

The Black Donnellys LIVE

Dave Rooney and Dave Browne
Saturday, December 26th, 8:00 PM

Facebook LIVE, from the RiRa @ Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV

Each Saturday, The Black Donnellys, (Dave Rooney and Dave Browne), stream their high-energy show to you from Las Vegas, NV as you stay safe at home.

Watch the Black Donnellys streaming show via Facebook LIVE by pointing your browser to the Black Donnellys Facebook Page, where you will find the little red LIVE button.

The Daves say:
Tune into our Residency Gig at Rira at the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay!! Join us and our audience for a live performance and a few Requests!!

Last year, the two Daves from Dublin had the crazy idea to attempt a new World Record: 60 shows. 50 states. 40 days. What could go wrong? Find out what happened along the road as their beloved Irish band, The Black Donnellys set out to break this ambitious world record when Vision Films and Frequency Pictures present An Irish Story: This Is My Home.

The film was released, on March 17th, Saint Patrick's Day, 2020 and is available on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Vimeo. Here is a link to the WATCH IT NOW!

For more, check Dave Browne's Facebook Profile.


Golden Bough
Margie Butler, lead vocals, harp, whistles, recorders
Paul Espinoza, vocals, guitar, accordion

Golden Bough Streaming shows

Sunday, December 27th @ 4:00 PM

Online via YouTube Live

Golden Bough
Kathy Ross Sierra, fiddle, whistles

On Sunday, December 27th @ 4:00 PM Golden Bough will be performing rare versions of Celtic Songs of Winter and their unique take on popular Christmas carols. Free on their YouTube channel with links for donations.

Golden Bough Facebook Page

Here a link to their many music videos

Rooted in the traditional music of the seven Celtic nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Man, French Brittany and Spanish Galicia), Golden Bough has become a popular and in-demand group on both sides of the Atlantic. Since their formation in 1980, this trio of modern day minstrels has traveled great distances to numerous countries, to bring their music to enthusiastic folk fans the world over. Backing themselves on an array of acoustic instruments; Celtic harp, guitar, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, violin, penny-whistle and bodhran, they blend their voices in the pristine harmonies that have become a Golden Bough trademark. To date they have released over 30 recordings. In the recording studio, as well as on stage, Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional music.

All three Golden Bough bandmates, are well versed in all genres of traditional folk songs, and have recently added favorites of the American Folk Revival from the 50's-60's. From working on the Railroads to leaving on that Jet plane, Golden Bough brings you the songs America loves.

For those of you seeking an entertaining respite that offers a bit of history, virtuosic instrumentation, sweet and seamless vocals, the occasional yarn and irrepressible toe-tapping, seek no more. Golden Bough is your answer.

For more on Golden Bough, email or check the Golden Bough Facebook Page, or the Golden Bough website.


Isaac Alderson
Isaac Alderson

Piper Sundays

Sundays at 11:00 AM
Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club

Online via Zoom
Join the Zoom Event: 

Event Website:  

Host Patrick D'Arcy says:
'It's every Sunday from 11:00 AM (PDT) for about 90 minutes. I try to get high profile Uilleann piper guests from Ireland and elsewhere. It's not so much a concert as it is a talk show with the guest playing a handful of tunes throughout. Drop by this Sunday to check it out. Our guest will be Isaac Alderson joining us from Chigago, IL.'
  • Dec 27, 2020: Isaac Alderson — Details
  • Jan 03, 2021: Ivan Goff — Details
  • Jan 10, 2021: Jarlath Henderson — Details

Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club Facebook Events:


Show Dates
(Pacific Standard Time)
Click the links to reserve your ticket(s)!
• Su Dec 27th 12:00 PM : HebCelt Festival
• Tu Dec 29th 12:00 PM : Benderloch Victory Hall
• We Dec 30th 12:00 PM : Stamford Guildhall

Christmas at Home

Michael McGoldrick/John McCusker/John Doyle

Online via Zoom

Christmas at Home

A Scot, an Irishman, and an Irish American walk into a studio...

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle have prepared a series of 45-minute Christmas shows for a virtual live stream tour of the UK. Each recorded show will be different and live stream ticket buyers will be able to submit questions to the musicians to create a unique event.

For those of us without tickets, they have posted a sample video at

While you are there, consider choosing a venue to receive your support, or perhaps more than one, and purchase your tickets for that show in the series!


Happy Hogmanay!
Elizabeth Ingber - Molly McLaughlin - Sara LeMesh

Scottish Hogmanay Celebration

Thursday, December 31st, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM PST
(New Year's Eve in Scotland)

Online via Zoom

Join us this year as we 'bring in the bells' to celebrate Hogmanay in Scotland's time zone! At this special annual event, we usually open our doors to our Members, family and friends to bring in the new year at our historic Fire House at 1088 Green St, San Francisco, but this year, we will instead be presenting an online program to delight your senses from the comfort of your home.

Hogmanay is approaching fast! We would love for you to join us as we “Bring in the Bells” at this special online 2 hour event. Special guests / entertainers include the incredibly talented Elizabeth Ingber, Molly McLaughlin and Sara LeMesh! Sign up by December 15th to receive your gift.

Hogmanay isn't just any old shindig. It is one of the most legendary changing of year celebrations in the world. Like most Scottish holidays, Hogmanay goes hand in hand with countless customs and important marked traditions.

First-footing is perhaps the most widely practiced social ritual and deeply embedded tradition of Hogmanay. The moment the clock strikes midnight, lads and lassies across Scotland start beelining for the homes of loved ones, friends and families, bearing gifts and endless banter, providing good vibes for times ahead and to be the first across the threshold, as the first-footer sets the precedent for the brand new year.

During Hogmanay, gifts are given, each with their own specific meaning, as a token of good luck and vary from whisky, a black bun (fruit cake), shortbread, and nowadays, anything leftover in your pantry! Coal for warmth and salt for health was the traditional gifts of choice, just as communities in Dundee once brought a decorated herring! If you sign up by December 15th, we will have a special gift for you delivered to your home, including whisky and some other goodies. (Please be sure to provide your shipping address so we can make sure it gets to you in time).

Tickets are $30 per person. Sign up here to buy your HOGMANAY TICKETS by DECEMBER 15th in order to receive your gift.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Irene Waldman, 1st Vice President @ 650-438-0370

Founded in 1863, The Saint Andrew’s Society of San Francisco is the oldest Scottish organization in the region. SASSF joins men and women of Scottish birth and those of the same heritage in a bond of culture and benevolent purpose. Check the website at



Lark Camp

July 30th - August 7th, 2021

World Music, Song, and Dance Camp

Mendocino Woodlands State Park

Lark Camp Features
Music, Song & Dance Workshops • Family Friendly • Dances, Parties & Sessions • Great Food • Camping • Mendocino Woodlands Redwoods • Full Camp for 8 Days or Half Camp for 4 Days

Three camps – three themes: Camp One - Music of Ireland, British Isles, Greece, Eastern Europe, and Sweden; Camp Two — Latin American, North American, Spanish, French, and Swing Styles; Camp Three — Middle Eastern, Greek, Asian, and African music!

Spend idyllic days and nights in the magical redwood forest filled with music, dance, and good times — that's the Lark Camp experience.

Click Here for the Video by Doug Plummer.

Take as many or as few of the workshops as you like; jam sessions 24 hours a day, big dances every evening. Plenty of good food, new friends, and musical stimulation for adults and families. Workshops for professional and beginner, alike.

Check out the Mendocino Woodlands website: Click Here

Visit, Questions, email: or call (707) 397-5275 (LARK)


Book GIF
Break Through your Ancestry Brick Walls!
A printable e-book
by Cecilia Fábos-Becker
Ancestry & DNA
Family History Research: Beyond the Basics

There are many good basic manuals, both in print and online, that can help you get started researching your ancestors and finding lost cousins, but in over fifty years of research into our own Scots-Irish, Irish, Scottish and Welsh ancestry, I've learned what works well and what doesn't, as well as many useful sources and links.

Now, I have written a book, Ancestry & DNA - Beyond the Basics , to help you, and all Americans find their origins. My book will be especially useful to especially Celtic Americans doing family history research, and it is available for immediate download!

Celia 2016
Author Celia Fábos-Becker
My Book includes:
• Introduction to Family History Documents
• What are REAL Primary Sources?
• America's Dark Age (1783 to 1850)
• Finding Family Records with online services
• Introduction to Family History DNA
• Using DNA Tests to help Find Family History
• How autosomal, MtDNA, or Y-DNA tests can help
• DNA Testing Company Reviews
• Loads of Examples
Download Ancestry & DNA - Beyond the Basics here:

Michael Eskin
Michael Eskin

Tin Whistle, Irish Flute, Uilleann Pipes
and Anglo Concertina Lessons with Michael Eskin

Live via Zoom

I am now offering beginner and intermediate level on-line lessons using Zoom for Tin Whistle, Irish Flute, Uilleann pipes, and Anglo Concertina.

I don't have a fixed teaching curriculum. My focus is entirely on learning your goals, understanding your challenges, identifying areas to work on, and then giving you the feedback and specific tools you can use to take your playing to the next level.

I started out playing classical flute when I was 6 years old. I've now been playing Uilleann pipes, flute, and whistle in sessions for over 20 years and Anglo Concertina for 15 years. My concertina playing is based on the style and technique I learned from Noel Hill at his workshops.

Before COVID-19, I was the co-host of the weekly session for over 20 years at The Ould Sod Pub in San Diego, CA as well in the paid hosting rotation for the session at The Auld Dubliner in Long Beach, CA.  Since COVID-19 restrictions went into place, I've been hosting a weekly session on Tuesday nights on Zoom that has turned into a lovely and consistently popular event.

My rate is $45.00 for a 45-minute lesson.

If you have any questions, please email me at: or call me at 619-368-1854.

Cheers and thanks,
Michael Eskin Michael on Facebook.



United Irish Cultural Center

2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA


The United Irish Cultural Center operates a large event facility near the Zoo in San Francisco, serving the Irish and other Cultural communities, at 2700 45th Ave in the Sunset District of San Francisco near the Zoo.

There is a list of upcoming events there, linked to their UICC website


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Celebrate your rich AmeriCeltic history and heritage in style and class and support AmeriCeltic by sporting a shirt, hat, mug, apron or patch, all except the mug, embroidered in full color with the AmeriCeltic logo! And don't forget to give one to yourself!

Click Here for the full line-up of AmeriCeltic Logo items.

The AmeriCeltic logo, styled like a coat of arms, commemorates your MIXED, Scots, Irish, Welsh Celtic American heritage! Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the thirteen colonies of mostly Scots, Scots-Irish, Irish and Welsh who joined with many others from many other countries, and together fought tyranny to assert our Independence from the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

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The Celtic Tea Shoppe

Home of Artisan Candies

4432 Pearl Avenue, San Jose CA | 408-267-7090

The Celtic Tea Shoppe offers a great selection of Celtic and Celtic inspired foods, including:
• Meat Pies
• Sausage Rolls
• Liquor Cakes
• Irish Soda Bread
• Salted Caramels
• Gift Boxes
• Premium Loose-leaf Teas

Everything is handmade at our shoppe in San José, CA and curbside pickup service and shipping are available.

To check The Celtic Tea Shoppe Facebook Page, Click Here!

Call us directly at 408-267-7090 or check our website for all our other baked goods and confections. To order, contact Kristen Scott with a call to 408-267-7090, or an email to sales@artisancandies


Lark In The Morning SF Store
New Store in San Francisco

Lark In The Morning Stores in Berkeley and San Francisco

Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 6 PM
Sundays, noon - 5:00 PM

Lark In The Morning, 830 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA
and Exploring Music, 814 Clement Street, Inner Richmond of San Francisco

Eric says:
"Our Berkeley location, 830 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA, is open for online lessons and instrument sales and Exploring Music, 814 Clement Street in San Francisco, CA, is open and actively seeking new online students. Lark Berkeley is offering free lessons with the purchase of a ukulele or guitar!"

Thorn Land and Eric Azumi

Lark in the Morning has been a folk musician's favorite since 1974 and has musical instruments and instructional material from all over the world.

Shop online at, call us at 707-964-5569, or check out our Facebook Page


Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant
Across from Apple Park

Breaking News at The Duke

The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant

10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA, 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM every day of the year


Publican Stan Gamble and his partners have an update! Many of you have heard the rumors about the The Duke of Edinburgh Pub & Restaurant.

When this pandemic is over, 'The Duke'! will be moving to new quarters just across the parking lot from our current location!
For details, Watch the official Video!

The Duke is, and will remain, THE only Authentic, (and we do mean AUTHENTIC!), British Pub in the Bay Area, located across the street from Apple Headquarters on Wolfe Road in Cupertino.

The atmosphere at the 'The Duke', is the same as you would find in any pub in the British Isles, full of friendly patrons who come in to socialize, play darts, have a pint or two, and eat a meal. If you are looking for a comfortable elegance, pints of beer and authentic food, in an authentic English Pub, there is no a better choice in the Bay Area. The Duke offers a large number of beers on draft and by the bottle. Almost anything English, Scottish or Irish is available. Murphy's Irish Stout brewed in Cork, Ireland and Scotch Eggs is always a good choice.

The servers are excellent and very knowledgeable about the beer and food menu. The menu is expansive and worth exploring. The dark pubsy feel with old regulars in their respective, but not crowded corners around lunch hour in Cupertino, is a great boon.

You can't find more 'authentic' atmosphere, because the entire building was built in jolly old England, then disassembled, shipped and reassembled on site in Cupertino. With the red velvet seating and wall paper and ornate, dim lighting, you are transported to London as soon as you enter the etched glass door.

More info. on The Duke Facebook Page, website or call 408-446-3853.



Sláinte Pub, Oakland

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Sláinte Pub, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA


Since opening in April 2017, Sláinte has also featured some of the finest local and regional singers and musicians, in live, acoustic performance and quickly become the hot new place for Irish music in the East Bay.

Host Jackie says:
Well folks, Sláinte has joined the rest of the Bay Area bars, pubs, and restaurants that are "hibernating" for the winter. We've held on trying everything we could think of but we've exhausted our reserves, are low on supplies, and after meeting with some trusted advisors, we've decided to temporarily close our doors.

Rest assured, we will do everything we can to reopen as soon as we safely can but we can't keep asking our volunteers to risk themselves with our recent numbers. With the weather changing and the drastic drop in hours and numbers we feel that this is the best and only option for us right now. Please keep the craic alive and our fundraiser in mind while we take this time to figure out our next steps. We love you all so very much xxx.

The menu at Sláinte features Irish cuisine from Irish-born Executive Chef, Jackie Gallanagh, with dishes that include both imported & local ingredients and a bar menu of classic cocktails, a well-stocked selection of whisky, premium spirits, and local & imported beers.

More Details on the Sláinte Facebook Page.

Contact them at (510) 823-2644 @slainteoakland or check the website



Plough and Stars Fundraiser

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The Plough and Stars Irish Pub, 116 Clement Street at 2nd Avenue, San Francisco

The Plough, like many bars and restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, is struggling to survive. It is extremely difficult to support our family and employees with no ability to earn an income.

We have long prided ourselves on being ago to place for Irish traditional experiences. Over the years we have been privileged to host many well-known musicians from Ireland and around the globe. The Plough hosts weekly traditional Irish seisuns and dance. At our Irish Seisuns customers listen as musicians share tunes or even learn to play themselves. The Plough is also a vital venue for bluegrass jams and gigs, as well as a place where local musicians can be heard. We want to make sure that the Plough can continue in those efforts. We have been so touched by the support of friends, musicians, dancers, and patrons. They are what make the Plough the institution that it is and we can't thank them enough for their support at this difficult time. Please consider a donation to help us continue at Thank You!
- Sean Heaney

The Plough and Stars Irish Pub, is known around the world for hosting incredible Irish music and pulling beautiful pints of Guinness since 1975. Since then, it has evolved to host live music every night of the week, except Monday, including all genres of music; Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Zydeco, acoustic Americana, and of course, Irish Traditional.

The first Saturday is always Americana Jukebox and every third Friday is Bluegrass Bonanza! We welcome you to stop in for a drink and try our famous, award winning pints of Guinness, or indulge in any of our other specials. We host Happy Hour all day every Monday with free pool, and the first Monday of the month has a Pub Quiz at 8:30 PM. Check out our website for a full calendar of events!

For a video of a Plough session from 2014, Click Here.

For more about the Plough, check, call 415-751-1122, or email Sean Heaney at



The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant

198 5th St, San Francisco


The Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant, is a bustling SoMa spot with Irish pub grub & beers on tap plus sports on the satellite TV.

This local Irish Pub brings the culture of Ireland to San Francisco, offering a full bar, Happy Hour specials, and a full Irish restaurant menu, including favorites like fish and chips which goes with any style of sport, music or fun.

'I am in the city every 2-3 months and The Chieftain is an absolutely integral part of every trip. Mark runs an amazing, authentic Irish pub. Major plus, the only place I know of in northern California to get Kilkenny!!'

'Walked in, Saturday night about 7pm and there was a table right inside the door. We had a shepherds pie and an Irish stew. The shepherds pie was actually made with lamb! The live music was great entertainment too!'

For a video of some the Chieftain's food menu, Click Here.

The Chieftain hosts live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Click Here for the current schedule! The live Irish traditional music and song session every Sunday evening is always great Craic! Here is a sample Irish Session from 2009: Live Irish Session at the Chieftain.

For the latest happenings, check the Chieftain facebook Page, or call 415-625-0436, or email Mark Nagle at or check



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Irish Culture Bay Area

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Click here for details of these events and more on the Irish Culture Bay Area website!


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